Tuesday, 24 February 2015

AFRICAN DECOR - A MASTER WOOD-TURNER

 Eucalyptus hollow form with beaten copper and San rock art 208H x 515 W mm Phases Africa
 Detail of Eucalyptus hollow form with beaten copper and San rock art 208H x 515 W mm Phases Africa

Monday, 23 February 2015

AFRICAN STYLE FURNITURE, DECOR & LIGHTING


South African safari lodges and hotels designed exclusively with African made furniture, lighting, art and decor, consistently rates amongst the world’s top hundred hotels, in the most prestigious of publications year after year.  Phases Africa, source products directly from the artisans responsible for the interiors of these luxurious resorts and lodges.  
zebra skin chair with glass frame © phasesafrica.com

AFRICAN HOME FURNISHINGS AND DECOR



During my extended stay in Florence, Italy, in 2000 and 2001, I became a Medici “groupie” while studying the Italian Renaissance.  At the time, little did I know that one day I would find myself standing at the door of such a movement in my country of birth, South Africa.  Upon my return to the U.S. in August of that same year, a friend of mine in Los Angeles with a highly successful home furnishing store asked if I would consider going to South Africa to explore the prospects of finding a new look for her store.

CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN FURNITURE AND DECOR

Ndebele Chair available at phasesafrica.com
Ndebele Chair
Hand Felted Merino Wool
Sizes: 100 (wide) x 45 (seat height)  x 90 cm (chair height)

AFRICAN DECOR│SCULPTURED WOOD FIGURES

sculptured wood figures - Tribal -XHOSA-Natural wood CLOSE-UP approx 30" tall (750mm) available at http://phasesafrica.com
The unique wood-sculptures are created by a talented artist, using resin/clay and the indigenous Coco Pamosa’s palm fronds.

Friday, 20 February 2015

ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S LEADING LUXURY DESTINATIONS

Delaire Graff Estate – Owner Laurence Graff Chairman of Graff Diamonds acquired the estate, in November 2003; transforming it into one of South Africa’s most desirable art, hospitality and wine destination. Today, with two outstanding restaurants, a state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges, a destination Spa and two luxury boutiques, the transformation of this piece of paradise, nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, one of the world’s leading wine destinations.


THINGS TO DO JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA

Here in South Africa we just call it Jo’burg, Jozi or eGoli (City of Gold). It’s Africa’s version of the city that never sleeps, our New York. It is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas of the world, and the largest city in Sub-Sahara Africa. Johannesburg was founded in 1886 and is one of the youngest major cities in the world. It is also known as the largest man made forest in the world with more than 6 million trees.

Image: Chris Kirchhoff - mediaclubsouthafrica.com

STUNNING HANDMADE HANDBAGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Structured Daily Bag  Python  Natural © Kat van Duinen


Kat Van Duinen’s passion for stylish simplicity, effortless elegance and attention to detail drove her to follow her dream and start Kat van Duinen Design in Cape Town, in 2010. Through her eponymous label, Kat’s European heritage and love for the vibrancy and richness of South Africa have been fused into a unique blend of European minimalist style with accents of striking African prints and dramatic hues.  Every handmade piece, is produced with painstaking care, showcasing the artistry of South African workmanship as Kat keeps her promise that every single item is proudly made in Cape Town.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

BEST AFRICAN TEXTILES – KUBA CLOTH


In post - Renaissance Europe, Kuba Cloth, the embroidered and appliqué decorated raffia cloth from the Congo (formerly Zaire), entered the curio cabinets and treasuries of nobles and kings as the finest representation of African art. More recently, the mastery of Kuba cloths' abstract patterning was a source of inspiration to artists such as Matisse, who displayed part of his large collection on the wall of his studio. www.phasesafrica.com directly trade with the Congo's most renowned source on Kuba and Shoowa Cloth.
Kuba Cloth by: © Phases Africa (dot) com

UNIQUE TABLE LAMPS AND BEDSIDE LAMPS


Phases Africa recently had one of South Africa’s leading lighting designers join their team.  The table and bedside lamps created by this artist are frequently noticed in some of the world’s number one game lodges and hotels.  These lamps are uniquely electrified for all parts of the world.

TABLE LAMPS

Elegant Porcupine Shade and Genuine Inner Kudu Horn Base © Phases Africa
Elegant Porcupine Shade and Genuine Inner Kudu Horn Base
The base is Kudu horn (the core) with a medium size elegant Porcupine quill shade the total height of the lamp is 88cm.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

TRAVEL SOUTHERN AFRICA A LETTER FROM AFRICA NAMIBIA part 3


Here is a recap of the last paragraph of… “A Letter From Africa Nr. 4 part 2”   Next episode will be of Swakopmund, and my reunion with Isabel, the last one of my 3 best girlfriends from school I’m to visit.  Isabel was the prettiest one, and also got hitched more than any of us.    Isabel and I have not seen or heard from each other in 20 years.  So stay tuned for our adventure to Cape Cross one of the largest Seal Colonies in the world, the Brandberge (Burning Mountain) and the Himba People  (see image below)

Himba Girl Image Noleen Kutash ©

TRAVEL SOUTHERN AFRICA A LETTER FROM AFRICA NAMIBIA part 2

The first diamond in Namibia was discovered in 1908 in a town called Lüderitz; near the southern tip of the Namib Desert, the largest desert in the world beside the Sahara.  On our way there, Elzette proceeded to tell me; that she did not want to mention anything to me before, but that the wind normally blows here at a hell of a pace.  And that we were so lucky weather wise, for if we had wind, the dunes on either side of the road could have removed the paint of my car and even sandblasted my windows to such a degree that I would have had to replace them.  Remember that song:  “what a fine time to leave (tell) me Lucille” well it kept playing in my head, seeing that we were in my little Jetta.   We were booked into a B&B with typical German name “Zur Waterkant” (next to the water), Our view...

Lüderitz Image: Noleen Kutash ©